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Three-quarters of Highland train stations not fully accessible

By Gregor White

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MSP Rhoda Grant wants action over accessibility at train stations.
MSP Rhoda Grant wants action over accessibility at train stations.

Highland Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has demanded action as new figures reveal 73 per cent of train stations in the region are not fully accessible.

New analysis by Scottish Labour has revealed that many train stations in the Highlands are not fully accessible for people with disabilities.

Of the Highlands' 60 train stations, 16 are fully accessible, rated "Category A".

40 stations are rated "Category B", indicating a degree of step-free access to the platform, which may be in both directions or in one direction only.

Four stations are rated "Category C", indicating a complete lack of step-free access to any platform: Attadale in Wester Ross, Nairn, Rannoch and Roy Bridge.

Responsibility for improving accessibility at Scottish stations is shared by both the UK and Scottish governments.

Scottish Labour has branded the figures a “scandal” and demanded action from both governments.

Mrs Grant said “It is shameful that disabled people are still being locked out of train stations in the Highlands.

“The Tories and the SNP both have a responsibility to make sure our train stations are fit for purpose – but both have failed miserably.

“Our two governments must work together to design a real plan to end this scandal and ensure rail travel is accessible to everyone.

“The Highlands deserve a modern, accessible rail network so our communities can thrive.”

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